How do you pronounce 'Missouri'?
Do you pronounce it:
I used to pronounce it the first way, but when I stayed with a friend for a while in the South, I liked how it sounded and have since adopted it as one of my affectations.
Based on the way the word looks, it would seem the first way is the natural way to pronounce it and the second way would be either a local/regional or Midwestern-Southern pronunciation.
So, where are you from and how do you pronounce 'Missouri'?
I'm also very curious about those located in Missouri and whether there is a regional difference in how one pronounces it.